These 7 Tips + Tools For Organizing Your Life will help you minimize the clutter, reduce your stress, and get you back on track in getting stuff done this year!
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7 Tips + Tools For Organizing Your Life
Is one of your New Year goals to get more organized this year? As someone who is highly organized, I often get asked the question “How do you stay so organized?”, and to be honest it’s something that has been engrained in me since birth. (Thanks Mom!)
But really though, as a busy wife, mother, and working lady I know how difficult it can sometimes be to stay organized and on top of everyday tasks, so today I thought I’d share some of my best tips + helpful tools for getting more organized and ways to be more productive in your daily life!
7 Tips + Tools For Organizing Your Life
Find a Home for Everyday Essentials
First things first, if you find yourself constantly losing your keys, wallet, or other everyday items, it’s time to find a home for them. Trays, jewelry holders, racks, and storage cubes are great for this and I personally love knowing that my items go in the same spot everyday. By establishing a daily routine of where to put what, you’ll never waste another 20 minutes of your life looking for that one lost shoe.
Minimize Extra “Stuff” In Your Space
While you’re organizing your everyday essentials, it’s probably a good idea to go through all that extra clutter that’s lying around everywhere throughout your home. Clutter is actually proven to visually bombard our minds and inadvertently causes feelings of anxiety.
Save yourself unnecessary stress and determine what items really need to be left out in the open. If it’s something you don’t need on a daily basis, then store it away, or if you find yourself not even wanting the item anymore then sell it or donate. Do not keep items just for the sake of it and your brain will thank you.
De-clutter Your Purse/Wallet Weekly
Speaking of clutter, another area that can quickly grow out of hand is your purse and wallet. From receipts, flyers, and trash, to loose makeup items, my bag at times is the epitome of the phrase “everything but the kitchen sink”. To avoid having your purse turn into a black hole, make it a point to empty out and sort through it once a week.
I first throw away any items that are trash, put receipts that need to be saved in our filing cabinet, and return any hair or makeup items to their original home on my vanity. Yes, this task takes 5 minutes out of my day, but those 5 minutes help prevent a lot of unnecessary stress later.
Make a List and Stick to It
Even though I’m naturally a very organized person who thrives on having a neat home and keeping things in an orderly manner, I have my unfortunate struggles with procrastination just like the rest of the world.
In order to combat this, I force myself to make daily lists so that I’ll for sure get stuff done. I recommend making a daily list either every morning or each evening before bed that way you’ll know exactly what you need to tackle in your upcoming day.
Oh and in case you’re curious, you can customize your own cute notepads like mine over here.
Extra Tip for Staying on Track: Once you have your list established try your hardest to stick to just what’s on the list, and avoid getting distracted by other things that may arise throughout the day. Yes, emergencies happen but if it’s something you can tackle the next day or even the next week, focus on the priorities at hand and add those items to your next daily list.
Create a Schedule + Invest in a Great Planner
There’s a reason people create schedules when it comes to cleaning, working out, meal planning etc. – because it works! If you find yourself in an endless cycle of never getting anything done, then I strongly recommend investing in a good planner and start creating schedules for yourself.
I currently have a custom designed Blossom Life Planner from Erin Condren and I absolutely love it!
Before I was always wasting money every year buying small, cheap planners until I finally realized that the reason I didn’t love them was because of the horrible setup and lack of space.
With the Life Planner, I’m able to plan out and organize both my daily and monthly schedule and running out of space is never an issue.
From planning and organizing blog posts to planning out everyday tasks and to-do’s, this planner lets me plan out the entire month ahead and keeps me on track for getting things done each day.
Not to mention, it’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m obsessed with the inspirational quotes included at the beginning of each month.
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This is something that most people don’t want to hear, but my best advice for those looking to be more organized is to stop procrastinating simple, everyday tasks. How many times have you left the dirty dishes in the sink because “There wasn’t enough to worry with” or didn’t take the trash out because “It was too cold outside”?
These are little tricks that your mind plays on you in thinking that a task is too hard, too insignificant, or not worthy of your attention in that moment, but it’s a bad habit worth breaking right now.
It’s a proven fact that the longer you put something off the less likely you are to ever do it, so while you know you need to do something, DO IT.
When we procrastinate, we end up overwhelming ourselves later by rushing or spending much longer doing tasks that would have only taken a few minutes if we had just did them right then and there. Do yourself a favor and start making better habits of doing things right now.
Delegate Tasks & Ask For Help
Last but not least, part of being more organized is understanding that sometimes you simply can’t do it all by yourself. Learning to delegate tasks out to others and asking for help when needed is crucial in staying on track with your goals and will help reduce stress.
As a struggling perfectionist, this is something I have a hard time with, but I’m slowly learning to accept help when given and I’m also learning to not be so hard on myself in thinking I have to be the one doing everything. Remember, asking for help is a good thing!
*Thank you to Erin Condren for partnering with me on this post! As always, opinions are 100% my own.
I hope you found today’s post on 7 Tips + Tools For Organizing Your Life helpful! What area of your life do you struggle the most with staying organized? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by!- Cara
P.S. Don’t forget to use the code WELCOME10 over here to save $10 off your first online purchase from Erin Condren. It’s a great time to start planning for the year ahead! 🙂
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